Heart of Hawick has announced its latest programme of folk and jazz concerts featuring nationally and internationally recognised musicians.
Juno-nominated Canadian music duo Madison Violet appear in the Borders venue on Saturday 4th February. Comprising singer-songwriters Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac, the duo is currently touring the UK and has recently played a successful gig at Celtic Connections in Glasgow.
Former BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, singer Hannah Rarity follows on Saturday 4th March and respected traditional singer George Duff’s band appears on Friday 24th March.
The first of two major jazz attractions, saxophonist Helena Kay’s KIM Trio stops off in Hawick on its latest Scottish tour on Friday 31st March. The group, led by the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s resident alto player and Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2016, recently released its second album, Golden Sands, which features as guest, the multi-award-winning pianist Peter Johnstone, who joins the trio in Hawick.
Shetland fiddle and piano duo Jenna Reid & Harris Playfair continue to celebrate the release of their long-awaited album, One Day, on Saturday 15th April. One Day was launched at Celtic Connections in January and is earning enthusiastic responses.
Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis’ trio completes the programme on Saturday 27th May. Known for his swinging approach in the style of the late French virtuoso Stephane Grappelli, Kliphuis marries jazz with classical and music from various folk traditions and has become a popular attraction around the world. He’s joined by two Scots, guitarist Nigel Clark and double bassist Roy Percy.